NHL Free Agency: Is Shane Doan's Silence Good or Bad for the Phoenix Coyotes?

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NHL Free Agency: Is Shane Doan's Silence Good or Bad for the Phoenix Coyotes?
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In case you have forgotten, Shane Doan is still without a contract.

Not too long ago, Doan seemed to be on a goodwill tour, visiting each team that could potentially write him a check that contained a whole lot of zeroes. However, it seems that tour has come to its end, and all we are left with now is silence.

Well, at least there has been silence from Doan and his previously talkative agent Terry Bross. That deafening silence could have two causes. The first is that Doan is still waiting to see if Greg Jamison will be able to purchase the team. The second is perhaps a reflection on my cynicism, but maybe, just maybe, Doan has gone silent because he has other plans and is waiting for the right time to act on them.

Recently, ESPN.com’s John Buccigross tweeted the following:

With that in mind, I don’t think that my thinking is too far out of the realm of possibility. Put yourself in Doan’s shoes. If you are going to sign the final contract of your career, and someone is offering you double the term and most likely double the money, would you not take it? 

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I know that Doan has been the good soldier for the Phoenix franchise for his entire career, but how about a little reciprocation? At this point in his career, the Coyotes probably owe Doan as much or more than he owes them. I understand it’s a business and that they may be strapped for cash, but Doan could have walked in the past; he could have asked for a trade, but he never did.

If any player is “owed” a deal, it is Shane Doan.

The Coyotes may be relying on the fact that Doan has seemingly painted himself into a corner by stating that he wanted to stay in Phoenix if the ownership issues were able to be resolved. If that’s the case and they are looking for Doan to give a hometown discount because of those statements, they may be in for a surprise, especially if the team comes in with an offer that is perceived as a low-ball.

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